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Thomasian medical students spearheaded the 9th Annual UST Medwards

When passion and talent combine, a deeper appreciation of one’s profession can form. 

This is to be expected from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Medicine and Surgery as they are set to hold the 9th Medwards on Jan. 31 at the UST Medicine auditorium.

The interdepartmental variety show serves as an avenue for Medicine students to internalize the core of their profession, which are the patients that they have sought to treat through education.

With the theme “Dynasty: A Legacy Immortalized”, the Medicine students who will be joined by faculty members, administration and support staff, will participate in a showcase of talent, creativity and heart by forming four clusters. Each cluster will compete through exciting performances and memorable routines, all for the jaw-dropping cash prizes, which will be donated to the different wards of the UST Hospital. The event has been known, and rightfully reputed as the best and biggest showcase of talents by the entire Faculty of Medicine and Surgery (FMS).

The event is aimed to bring together a sense of community and camaraderie among different factions of the Faculty, while recalling the main purpose of healthcare, which is to provide a service rooted from passion and reinforced by talents for the medical arts.

This event was the brain-child of then members of  the prestigious, and much-heralded Thomasian Medical Students’ Fraternity, and the Sorority of Thomasian Doctors, particularly Dr. Jeff Willis A. Maniquis, together with Dr. Richardson B. Lorilla, Dr. Joyce Karla S. Suero and Dr. Erika Lourdes M. Adajar.

MEDWARDS has been a yearly tradition that, for almost a decade, has been prepared for by the students that form different groups, namely Cluster A, Cluster B, Cluster C and Cluster D. Bringing in together students from different year levels of the same section. All fighting with a competitive spirit but equipped with a single goal in mind: to help the different beneficiary wards of the UST Hospital- Charity Division.

Truly, what is fascinating with MEDWARDS is embedded in its noble intention— the FMS community are asked to create performances in order to raise funds for the numerous charity patients in the different wards – Medicine, OB-Gyne, Surgery, and Pediatrics of the University of Santo Tomas Hospital, with a display of talent and creativity, in a performance that is inclusive of all members of the community.

The theme of this year’s MEDWARDS, aims to show the legacy that the event has created, by displaying the intricacies of the different dynasties of the ancient world with the theme “Dynasty: A Legacy Immortalized”. Each cluster was given a specific dynasty to work on and reinterpret in their own way. The students have thereafter theatrical performances, choreographed intricate sequences, and created backdrops and scenes just to to come to the duke out that is January 31, 2020, 6 PM at the Medicine Auditorium, St. Martin de Porres, University of Santo Tomas.



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